New Delhi, 24 Oct 2015: Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, led a delegation of the Jamaat in the protest demonstration called by writers here on Fridayagainst the rising intolerance in the country.
Around 200 writers, poets, artists and academicians from across the country gathered in the national capital and took out a silent march protesting against the attacks on the literary community, growing intolerance in the country and silence of the Sahitya Akademi over these attacks.
Talking to media during the protest march, Jamaat’s Secretary General said: “To remain silent at this hour would be a big crime. Our country is going on to the path of fascism and freedom of speech and freedom of expression are being attacked and writers, dalits and minorities are being attacked. We have come here to express our solidarity with writers and to save the country from going on to the path of fascism.”
He demanded the government to take action against the attackers otherwise they would get emboldened.
“It is the responsibility of the government to maintain law and order and take action against those who take law unto their hands. When this does not happen, criminals get emboldened and attack after attack take place,” said Jamaat leader.
Eminent writers who took part in the Friday protest demonstration included Shekhar Joshi, Ashok Bhowmick, Ujjwal Bhattacharya and Githa Hariharan.
Salim Engineer was accompanied by Jamaat’s media head Arshad Shaikh and office bearers of its Delhi unit including Waris Hussain and Wasiq Nadim.